I am autistic and have severe anxiety around being touched. Usually this is something that I can avoid in daily life. I can also usually put up with medical examinations because I know what is going to happen and around how long it will take.
My problem at the moment is that I have to have investigations into a gynecological problem that has been chronic for a few years now. I am fully aware how medically necessary the exam is and how dangerous it is to not do it but the anxiety about being touched is overwhelming.
Talking to my doctor about it has only ended up with them misunderstanding that I don’t want to do it rather than that I was asking for support whilst doing the test. So I feel kind of trapped in a corner and very anxious about this whole thing.